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The arm move over the record but will not go down on the record

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Try putting a Quarter on the Head of the arm so it will go down and play the record

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When I move the arm and needle over, why doesn't the arm go down?


Arm and needle? Sounds like a turntable, not a sewing machine. There's typically a 'cueing lever' that controls up/down. Pull that lever forward and down to lower needle to record.

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Does the needle actually contact the record? If not, you may be missing a "pad" under the record, or you may be simply missing the needle that needs to be there to follow the grooves.

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You will probably have to take the bottom off to see what is happening inside. The thing could have been tampered with by someone try to fix something. So it's not something that you know was previously working. With a bit of luck it might need a bit of grease to get it going. But you never know with a second hand model!

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The arm won't stay down, as soon as it sets down on the record it automatically stop and moves back to the resting spot.


If you have the automatic arm on you`res and you have to move the slidder control to make it work,don`t slide the control all the way.Just til you hear a click and then move the arm you`r self.Also make sure it is set to the size record you are trying to play.

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I have also had this problem with the same model turntable. I opened mine up and the problem seems to have been that the grease on the arm lift and cueing lever was gumming up the linkage between the two. (I suspect that my turntable hadn't been used in some time.) I managed to free up the parts by manually working the the arm lift (pressing it down) several times. I'm not sure that I needed to open up the chasis for this fix but it did help me to see what was going on. Good luck with yours.

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The Fisher Price record player has a device that prevented kids from pressing the needle down and sctratching the record. If you look at the cartridge where the needle is inserted, you will see that it floats up and down. The problem is that this keeps the needle from having enough pressure to play the record. Pennies just make the cartridge recede further into the arm. If you wedge something above the cartridge, the needle won't float and the it will play your records. I've had four of these and none of them worked until I figured this out.

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Tone arm is hard to move and when it's placed on a record the needle sticks at on spot on the record. the same needle and record plays fine on other technics 1200 mk5. seems like the arm has resistance in...


You have a bad tone arm. I have the same tables. You need to get it repaired if under warrenty. Or there is a service manaul online you can get from ebay. Service center for our tables is Panasonic.

I had the same problem on mine. But while it is in the shop they recalibarte it

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